By Suranimala Umagiliya –
The current government was shaped and built on a well planned marketing strategy well before the last Presidential election was called. Standing at the apex of this marketing strategy was the promise of appointing persons of integrity and professionalism to head State Owned Enterprises and other positions of immense importance. The initial appointments were commendable only to be followed by “jobs for the boys”. The euphoria that was created has disappeared. Some of the appointments have already come under severe criticism. Relatives, in-law’s, outlaws, et al have joined the band wagon.
Diplomatic appointments are considered to be plum positions as pay back for services rendered at election time. There of course have been exceptions to this rule when such political appointees have excelled and even surpassed expectations by conducting affairs in an exceptional manner to position Sri Lanka well above the diplomatic pecking order vis a vis larger nations.
Now comes the revelation that Lakshman Hulugalle, is being appointed as Consul General to Sydney, Australia. Lakshman Hulugalle is no stranger to controversy and has had a questionable past. ( Click here to read)
MN Bandara, a senior career Diplomat is the existing Consul General in Sydney, Australia. He has over 20 years experience and has served in many overseas postings prior to his current billet. Diplomat Bandara has been in his post as Consul General for barely four months and is being downgraded to the position of Deputy Consul General to accommodate soon to be appointed Lakshman Hulugalle.
Sri Lanka Foreign Relations Ministry operates many Consulates across numerous cities in the globe, but would be making history by crafting a position of Deputy Consul General for the first time to accommodate a political appointee. And that too in someone such as Lakshman Hulugalle. It must be noted that Hulugalle had in a prior government under Mahinda Rajapaksa done a short stint in Canberra, Australia as Deputy High Commissioner. Australia is an important ally of Sri Lanka and needs to be respected by appointing persons of high calibre to represent Sri Lanka.
A diplomat is the face of his Nation in another country and is the principal agent in his or her host country. A person with a questionable past cannot hide his antecedents with the current technology wherein facts and figures are available with click. It’s free too.
The current governments lofty proclamations of appointing professionals have gone with the wind and more is expected once the General Election is done and dusted. Sri Lankan’s at home and overseas were searching for a messiah to turn the downward spiraling tide and built their hopes and aspirations on the shoulders of Gotabaya Rajapaksa when they believed in his pre – election pitch thereby appointing him with an overwhelming mandate to be the CEO of Sri Lanka for the coming five years. This appears to be a misplaced judgement.
The more Sri Lankan’s dream, the more remains the same.
Craig / February 15, 2020
This is absolutely disgusting! What a man to bring back (IF THIS IS TRUE) . Come on Mr. President please do your homework on him first. He has been involved in so much of wheeler dealing. Look at his invlovements with CBNSAT et al. And MR fired him!
National Security Media Centre Director-General Lakshman Hulugalle Was Fired by President Rajapaksa Due to Sex and Gambling Scandal
Lakshman Hulugalle — Convicted, But On The Board Of Com Bank
Amarasiri / February 15, 2020
“ Some of the appointments have already come under severe criticism. Relatives, in-law’s, outlaws, et al have joined the band wagon.”
Of course, the marketing campaign is to the imbecile masses, mean Measured IQ 79, and get back to power by the tribe, citing the shortcomings of Yahapalanaya.
Now that the tribe is in power, the tribal rules and tribal loyalties with prevail over the constitution and the established rules and regulations.
Lakshman Hulugalla, is a loyal member of the tribe, with a reputation for lying, Pachaya-Galla, is one such tribal member, and therefore qualified for any position within the new tribal administration.
babalath appu / February 15, 2020
If People would allow these bastards 2/3 again, as was the case prior to 2015, then the nation would have been caught by draconian situation.
May well be he is quiet and keeps away from public displays the way his brother has been used to, but he HAS not yet made any GOOD THING since his office, to be called WOW.
If BPs that LOOTED sums from CB were called for investigations, we could go and say that G-O-T-L-E-R is the real LEADER this country need indeed.
But today, I wonder even if their BLOOD RELATIVE mig plane dealer and one who grabed billions of the state funds, was arrested, nothing was made clear by LOCAL media. Media is censored to some extent today, not being allowed anything to be revealed asa was the case under GOOD GOVERNANCE
Simon De Silva / February 15, 2020
Now the people will see it right, as to why RW led govt was unable to bring new reforms or wonders…
… but they settled it to the top, with peace and almost everything, but LOCAL media painted the picture in favour of their pay masters. Basil BP poured stolen funds into local media so that the victory woudl have been much easier. Anyways our unedcuated massers have become their foot balls…. they should be very clear, that Rajakshes have looted the state funds and made this country a debt trap number one. Now the very same ballige puthas, are ressponsible to pay those sums back… being unable to do so, and keep the price levels of the daily needs in some levels they hav ebeen struggling…. Gota has done nothig big…. during the 3 months passed. how would he do it better ….
It was easter sunday attacks that toppled th egovbt with the backbonelessness of ballige putha Sirisena: I think sirisena should be burnt down in an open public ceremony to comfort the nation.
Today, how many struggle being unable to face sky high earth price hikes.
Leelagemalli / February 15, 2020
Time has come to hang MAHINDA rajkapakshe by his SATAKAYA and leave this country in Peace.
Now the bp should open his orifices again to address the same audience and say, ayi sapayda… how is cost of living bla bla ? Today one kg of onions cost that much….
But people are controlled by MEDIA mafia. This mafia should be BOMBED down to have brought back these idiots.
It was the m edia mafia brought back Rajaakshes for their selfish gains.
nalmen / February 15, 2020
after all he and basil were gamini dissanayakes right hand men
RW / February 15, 2020
I am surprised why/how we expect from GR to appoint good people for these positions or to have good governance. Have we died and born or as he?
New Youth / February 15, 2020
Was Lasantha Wickamatunga’s brother who held this post for four years under yamapalanaya a qualified diplomat?
CT and UNP hypocrisy has no limits!
Khema / February 15, 2020
New Youth ,
CT hypocrisy has no limits?? When did you start to read CT? Read this about Mr Lal and another appointments
Nepotism Bug Hits Foreign Ministry
ROHAN JOHNPILLAI / February 16, 2020
new clueless youth.?
Lasantha Wickamatunga’s brother, lal may not have been a qualified diplomat.?
he was a great sportsman who excelled in cricket and in the ’60s joined the police force as a sub-inspector.
he also worked for the CID.
to the best of my knowledge after leaving the police force he went into business and after his brother, Lasantha’s tragic death caused mainly by the ever jealous psychopath rajapuk family who are nothing but the dream for many a psychatric.?.
after the yahapalayana government took office in January 2015 on the recommendation of the great Ranil Wickramasinghe who was then the prime minister he was appointed as the next consul general to the Sydney office of the Sri Lanka High commission…
during his 3 year tenure he honestly fearlessly worked smart and he was as the best-adjudged consul general ever to serve the Sydney office.
even his excellency the then high commissioner the hon. somasunderam Skanda Kumar who was my cricketing mate at the Tamil union cricket and the athletic club also due to his exemplary smart work ended up as the smartest high commissioner ever to adorn this office.
the 2 smart appointments made by the great always astutely smartly thinking then prime minister one of the most honest prime ministers that the always sad shitty always sorry motherless Lanka. has ever had except to the late hon. Dudley Senanayake whose unexpected death is still causing many a ripple to this very second.
the UNP is the best political party that motherless Sri Lanka has ever had, will have and my daily pleas to the gods is this party who are the greatest on this planet will resolve their petty minor issues and continue giving prim and proper leadership to the sad grieving isle.
Maharage, / February 15, 2020
Luxman and Willie Gamage, the current governor in Southern Province are bosom friends. Now Luxman Hula can look after Willie Gamage’s properties in Australia that he bought from mega commissions made with MaRA
Buddhist / February 15, 2020
Another appointment to look after the bribes taken by the Ruling Family and held in Australia, especially from the Airbus bribe deal and other deals prior to that.
Renu / February 15, 2020
Absolutely disgusting choice . very poor track record, You will lose the credibility if such guys are appointed for important diplomatic posts. Please reject him
Seyed Niyaz Abdeen / February 21, 2020
That, exactly is what is happening here. He has been rejected and exiled to another land to flourish and get richer further.
jehan / February 16, 2020
rajapaksha family party of old farts in new recycled bottled.
chiv / February 16, 2020
Stupid Lankans of Sily Lanka deserve it. Do not worry there is plenty more to come.
Kabaragoya / February 16, 2020
The Sinhalese are Buddhists. There is a wheel of Karma. For all the cruelties that they have heaped on the minorities, there will be pain extracted. The Rajapakse are the means of that pain. Don’t say all Sinhalese are not responsible. They stood by when innocents were slaughtered. The Triple Gem will ensure that the law of karma works its way through. It was announced that the mother of one of the boys abducted and killed by the navy died last week after her fruitless battle for justice. Her battles will not be fruitless. We have to wait and see how payment is extracted.
chiv / February 16, 2020
Now we know why Udayanga is back. I guess diplomatic position is being readied for him to takeup after his brief rehab. Looks like every shithead is back, when is alumni gala ?????
Stan / February 16, 2020
“Lakshman Hulugalle Reappears From The Cupboard”
You mean he reappears from the woodwork.
Douglas / February 16, 2020
Mr. Hulugalla: Welcome back to the “God Father’s Mafia”. Awake from your “Sleep”. This is the “BEST” opportunity to awake and start “WORK”. You fill one of the :Missing Links”. Congratulations, on behalf of that “6.9 million” voters.
Plato. / February 17, 2020
If a Diplomat is the face of his Nation in another country, Hulugalle fits in like a glove!
chiv / February 18, 2020
If anyone is interested please read the details of the initial investigations taking place in Udayanga,s case It is a joke. The previous CID officers who have full knowledge are now transfered elsewhere and a new team took over this January. So they did not bother filing the right papaers. Already there is enough loop holes left for Udayanga to come out. This is what is called a SHAM. Legalizing the illegal acts of Rajapaksa men. The loss amounts to millions and a certificate needs to be filled by CID for any amount more than 25,000 , which was not done. Yet CID wanted to take him in custody for further questioning . Just think about the rest of the procedures. When judge questioned CID replied ststing they are new and appointed few days ago. The old team has been transferred.???? Loo and Odor of Silly Lanka.
Douglas / February 18, 2020
chiv: Already a “WARNING” has been issued to the Judiciary by the President. The President recently said: “Judiciary must not interfere with the Government’s work”. Will the 6.9 million who voted him to power understand the gravity of this statement and his sinister intentions? I doubt it very much.
Wasanthi Mahadivulwewa / February 18, 2020
This guy, Luxman Hulugale is a well known rogue. He was sent to Australia as deputy high commissioner by Gotabhaya to solely look after Gota’s massive financial assets in Australia. Hulugalle had an infamous sexual relation with Sudharma Netthikumara, the lady of Salaka fame, who also ran an unlicenced casino. Hulugalle, a thug with a despicable character, I’m not surprised Gota who is of similar type behaviour. is brininging Hulugalle back. This is because the Rajaakses can’t run the country without the help of such criminals, big time crooks and thugs. Note the return of PB Jayasundera, Gamini Senarath, Lalith Weerathunga, Ajith Nivad Cabral, Udayanga Weerathunga, Nalaka Godahewa, Yoshitha Rajapakse, Sashendra Rajapakse, Rohitha Rajapakase and the like (the list is long).
Lanka / February 19, 2020
US citizens have to disclose financial assets held overseas to the IRS (Tax dept) if not it is considered a criminal offense per the federal law.. If someone is aware of such assets been held in Australia by GR, BR or their children (most probably) please feel free to inform IRS and this is the best service you can do for SL.
Surprising is that people like Cabral, Godahewa, together with Susantha Ratnayake and another guy were part of high profile team appointed by MR to select top people to state organizations.